Biography of
Isaac Newton

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Life and Time of Isaac Newton

The Newton "gravity tree" has survived 350 years at Woolsthorpe Manor, Newton's birthplace in Lincolnshire. This same tree from which it is reputed that Newton's encounter with a common fruit in the late summer of 1666, came up with the universal law of gravity.  This notion is greatly exaggerated.  Newton himself may have encouraged this myth to give himself more credit for the discovery of the law of gravity.  He wondered when an apple falls, it always fall vertically but never sideways. The apple always falls perpendicular to the ground regardless where on earth this happen.  It is as if there is an attractive force from the centre of the earth.  However this is not the universal law of gravity which did not come about until he wrote Principia Mathematica many years later.  For more detail about this greatest scientific publication of all times see my post on the Principia.

We know this is "the" gravity tree that has survived 350 years, as this is the only apple tree in the orchard on the estate.

He is a giant of an intellect but he also has all the frailty of human nature.  In this article you will find in addition to his intellectual prowess and greatness, you will see in him a human being who cannot escape the usual human flaws.

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.  (Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and painter).

By all accounts, Isaac Newton is aloof and unable to form close personal relationships.  Newton employed one assistant as a scribe by the name of, John Wickins, with whom he shared a room at Trinity College for twenty years.  He is not known to have any other close companion.  

Newton has tremendous stamina in ignoring personal comfort such as meals and sleep when he is focused on solving scientific problems.

Asperger Syndrome is characterised by great artistic or intellectual skill, detail oriented, persistence, lack of social skill, and persistence.  It is difficult to make a diagnosis posthumously.  Newton's recognition as a genius, his persistence in solving problems and his social aloofness all point to Newton as having Asperger Syndrome.

In spite of his fame and widespread recognition he did not had a good life.  He is rifed with loneliness and great suspicion of others.

Famous men with enormous talent, like Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein and Tesla, all have difficult relations with the opposite sex.  Newton is no exception as he is known to be prudish about the opposite sex.  All famous and enormously talented personality including Newton and Beethoven were lifelong bachelors.

Newton is a lion of classical science but his paw is evident in all of modern science and engineering.  You do not use theory of relativity to track the trajectory of the moon shot but use Newton's law of motion. "The lion has shown it paw again!"  Both Einstein (special theory of relativity) and Newton (calculus) did their best work in their early twenties.

Newton died a lonely bachelor at age 84 without a will.  He was buried in Westminster Abbey, the resting place of English monarchs as well as such notable non-royals as Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and explorer David Livingstone. 

Newton's original "Gravity Tree" is still standing today, after 350 years at Newton's old house in Lincolnshire.

Newton was born on "Christmas” in the old style Julian calendar!  If you use the modern current calendar then Sir Isaac Newton was born on the 4th of January in 1643!

Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, is the birthplace and the family home of Sir Isaac Newton.  The house is still preserved and now in the hands of the National Trust and open to the public all year round.

This is also said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of gravity.

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The British Government may ban this article. Read it before it becomes unavailable.  He published the greatest scientific work in human history. Most people know him only for his encounter with a common fruit.  Few people know he died at 84-year-old a virgin, never encountering SEX.  Who is he and what did he published?    To see more go to FRUIT . ( . 

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